It’s not yet a year since Apple released its M1 chip. Or rather, since they launched the first products that brought it with them. From the MacBook Air, to the latest iMac and the next MacBook Pro (although in a vitamin version), there are already several ranges that have made the leap to Apple Silicon. And far from a traumatic transition, the truth is that received incredibly well.
Much of it is to blame for the performance of the new machines. The M1 turned out to be a leap forward in efficiency and power
However, not only Rosetta has the key to the performance of this new chip. By also designing the SoC, Apple now has free way to optimize the system to the maximum. And by applying what they’ve learned over the years from iPhones and other ARM chip products, they’re really prepared.
As Dr Howard Oakley enthusiastically shows in an article on his website, one of the keys to M1 performance is resource management. More precisely, in how high performance cores are allocated. These are limited in their use to high priority processes and not background processes or updates.
This keeps the M1 from looking underused, but it also doesn’t drain the entire battery. Ultimately, many, if not most, of these processes will be handled by the high-performance cores. This, as Dr Oakley also points out in the article, implies that they will be executed slower
This is Apple’s big trick: by taking advantage of this combination, they can achieve great performance and high efficiency, without the user noticing what is happening. Only if you watch carefully, as Dr. Oakley did, will you achieve the orderly management of the system. And you might like the macOS-Apple Silicon combo a little more.